Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources


Various technologies have been the driving forces of broadband diffusion. This includes the technologies that facilitate services and applications to the last mile. Broadly, the issues concerning broadband interfaces include technologies for access, various new protocols for service delivery, security and robustness of these technologies. The link on future technologies also covers areas such as Cognitive Radio devices and Software Defined Radio devices, as per the ‘ICT Regulation Toolkit’.

The Indian Broadband Policy 2004 gives a high priority to indigenous manufacture of broadband related equipment.  The Government aims to should endeavour to, make available, broadband and associated equipment at a low price.

India: Impact of Mobile Phones report by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations states in detail the impact mobile phones are having Indians, with a focus on Small and Medium Entreprises (SME).

Country Studies

National Broadband Initiative: SKMM allocates one million 1 Malaysia netbooks for distribution – SKMM through the Universal Service Provision (USP) programme has allocated one million 1Malaysia netbooks to be distributed amongst eligible recipients such as secondary and university students as well as other lower-income groups to ensure that they have the opportunity to access the Internet and also to increase broadband usage throughout the country.


Terminals – Advances in technologies as well as economies of scale are lowering the costs of user terminals or information appliances such as phones and computers. With the trend to convergence, technological advances are also blurring the distinctions between types of terminals. This section covers Phones, PDAs, Computers and how their distinction is being blurred.


Ericsson Traffic and Market Report Today according to the survey data about how people are accessing the Internet, PCs remain the dominant Internet access device of preference in many countries by a large margin, including in many emerging markets. But it is expected that in the future with the proliferation of smart phones, mobile traffic is growing at an exponential rate.  Ericsson estimates that the total subscriptions of data-heavy devices will grow from around 850 million at the end of 2011 to 3.8 billion by 2017.
Motivation Increases Mobile Phone Impact in Microenterprises – For mobile phones to be economically beneficial, micro-enterprise owners need to have the right mindset about using the devices for business-related communication. A study of Indian female micro-entrepreneurs, found business growth was strongest when owners were highly motivated to grow and actively used mobile phones to support their business activities.